North Carolina: The Beaches Are Moving; A Video

North Carolina: The Beaches Are Moving; A Video

World famous coastal geologist Orrin H. Pilkey takes us to the beach and explains why erosion has become a problem.

Take Action to End Global Beach Sand Mining!

Take Action to End Global Beach Sand Mining!

We urge you to become part of the movement by signing the petition to end beach sand mining.

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac

Is beach sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment and the neighboring populations? Based on encounters with sand smugglers, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous real estate developers and environmentalists, this investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “SAND WARS” have begun.

We Need to Retreat From the Beach

We Need to Retreat From the Beach

As ocean waters warm, the Northeast is likely to face more Sandy-like storms. And as sea levels continue to rise, the surges of these future storms will be higher and even more deadly. We can’t stop these powerful storms. But we can reduce the deaths and damage they cause… An Op Ed by Orrin H. Pilkey.

Plastic Pollution

Plastic Pollution

The world population is living, working, vacationing, increasingly conglomerating along the coasts, and standing on the front row of the greatest, most unprecedented, plastic waste tide ever faced. Washed out on our coasts in obvious and clearly visible form, the plastic pollution spectacle blatantly unveiling on our beaches is only the prelude of the greater story that unfolded further away in the world's oceans, yet mostly originating from where we stand: the land. Featured image: © Coastal Care.

Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks

Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks

A Global Environmental Alert on sand mining published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Sand Wars movie, directed by Denis Delestrac, expressly inspired the UNEP to publish this report.

Sand Beaches Of The Northeast Coast Of Saudi Arabia

Sand Beaches Of The Northeast Coast Of Saudi Arabia

The purpose of this discussion is to describe the geomorphology and dynamic coastal processes of the sand beaches along the northeast coast of Saudi Arabia. The study area extends from the Kuwait border to the southern end of Abu Ali. This is, in effect, the shoreline oiled during the Gulf War oil spill of 1991, the largest oil spill in history. By Miles O. Hayes and Jacqueline Michel.

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Action Climate

Action Climate is an image from HA Schult.

Just Washed In

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Earth’s Changing Face: A NASA Image Gallery

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Apr
22

In celebration of this year’s Earth Day on April 22, NASA’s Webby Award-winning Global Climate Change website, has unveiled a new version of its popular image gallery, “State of Flux. Each image pair in the continuously updated gallery highlights before-and-after impacts of change including the destruction wrought by extreme events, the retreat of glaciers caused by climate change, and the expanding footprint of urban areas due to population growth.

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Plastic Garbage in Oceans: Understanding Marine Pollution from Microplastic Particles

News, Pollution
Apr
22

Plastic bottles washed on to the beach are as much a part of the coast as the sound of seagulls. What the eye does not see are the innumerable ultra-small plastic objects which float in the water, are washed on to the beach or settle on the sea bed. The majority of microplastic particles are smaller than a grain of sand or the tip of a needle. It is this property that also makes them so dangerous to the sea dwellers…

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Two Years Later: New Partnership for People and Nature in the Gulf

New Partnership aims to show that environmental restoration is the foundation for lasting economic security for Gulf Coast communities.

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Mauritius’ Ultimate Surfing Spots

Celebrate, Inform
Apr
20

Under the shadows of Le Morne Brabant is Mauritius’ ultimate surfing spot: One Eye… so named because when a surfer finds the sweet spot in which to catch the perfect wave they will see a small hole, or “eye”, in Le Morne’s jagged rock face.

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How Much is a Dolphin Worth?

Two years after the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, BP and US authorities wrangle over how much should be paid in damages

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Marine Scientists Urge Government to Reassess Oil Spill Response

On the second anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon blowout, a national panel of researchers is urging the federal government to reassess how it would respond to similar oil spills that might occur in the future.

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BP Seals $7.8 bn Settlement in US Oil Spill

Oil giant BP said Wednesday it has finalized a $7.8 billion deal to settle thousands of claims from fishermen and others affected by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill…

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5 Misconceptions About Sea-Level Rise

Clear scientific consensus on global climate change amongst scientists does exist. Every major scientific organization in the United States, Europe, and Asia has produced statements supporting the science behind the human contribution to global warming and indicating an expected acceleration in the rate of sea-level rise over the next century…

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The Battle For North Carolina’s Coast

The North Carolina barrier islands, a 325-mile-long string of narrow sand islands that forms the coast of North Carolina, are one of the most beloved areas to live and visit in the United States. However, extensive barrier island segments and their associated wetlands are in jeopardy. A book by Stanley R. Riggs, Dorothea V. Ames, Stephen J. Culver and David J. Mallinson.

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Oil Safety Weak Two Years After BP Spill

Offshore drilling safety and oversight is still lacking two years after the massive BP oil spill sullied the US Gulf Coast, two reports released Tuesday have found.

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